violence, abuse, rape, assault, and disrespect of women. women like our mothers, grandmothers, sisters, aunts, nieces, friends, and most especially, our children. gender-based violence permeates the world. generally in far away countries. far from the civilized democratic world that we communicate with. to the women of this congress and the women of the world, take a moment to imagine trying to survive without a response from the police, without the ability to press charges, and being able to actually speak day after day if you are a victim of gender-based violence. contemplate life without exaccess to medical care, to address your physical, mental, and emotional trauma. imagine having nowhere to hide.